American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2014
15 hours 41 minutes
Lawrence of Arabia meets Sebastian Junger's War in this unique, incendiary, and dramatic true story of heroism and heartbreak in Afghanistan written by a Pulitzer Prize–nominated war correspondent.

Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant changed the face of America’s war effort in Afghanistan. A decorated Green Beret who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq training indigenous fighters, Gant argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan to earn the Afghans’ trust and transform them into a reliable ally with whom we could defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, approved, and Gant was tasked with implementing his controversial strategy.

Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first spoke with Gant when he was awarded the Silver Star in 2007. Tyson soon came to share Gant’s vision, so she accompanied him to Afghanistan, risking her life to embed with the tribes and chronicle their experience. And then they fell in love.

Illustrated with dozens of photographs, American Spartan is their remarkable story—one of the most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published.
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William S

As a veteran I understand the deep harden wall that we build after bleeding and lose of brothers. With politicians both in and out of uniform.. This book should be required reading at both West point and Annapolis Freshman 1st. semester.

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jason s

This book is a great look into special ops during the Iraq/Afghanistan war. It's a great read and an excellent tale of how 1 frag can ruin a soldiers career. It also tells a great tale of what combat does to a person. The dual narration was nice too.

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